Efforts to find missing 11-year-old ramp up in El Paso County

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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — The search for an 11-year-old boy from Security, missing since Monday, is intensifying. Family and friends, complete strangers, law enforcement, and even members of the National Guard — all doing what they can to find Gannon Stauch.

Stauch’s stepmother was the last person to see the boy, at their home, off Mandan Drive in Security. She says he left sometime after 3 p.m. to walk to a friend’s house down the street.

When Stauch didn’t return home, his stepmother called the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

“Anyone over the age of 10 [is] classified as a runaway unless there [are] any other indicators that would provide evidence to us that would indicate otherwise,” Sergeant Deborah Mynatt, with the sheriff’s office, said.

Runaway or not, the Sheriff’s Office said, they’re taking this case seriously.

“It’s not normal behavior for an 11-year-old to run away and not return, especially now going past 24 hours,” Mynatt said. “So, yesterday morning we referred to Major Crimes detectives.”

Investigators are also searching through the boy’s phone.

In the meantime, community members are doing what they can to support his family.

“The neighborhood has been really good,” said Mynatt. “They’re coming together and going out and searching… and doing this out of the goodness of their heart, and I think that’s great.”

“We are just all kind of hurting,” said Pastor Paul Aragon, with Restoration Church. “Praying makes a difference,” he said.

The church, which the Stauch family attends, also held a candlelight vigil in Gannon’s honor this week.

Stauch is approximately 4 feet 9 inches tall and 90 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue, hooded jacket, jeans, and tennis shoes.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking for anyone with information regarding this case, to call 719-520-6666 or dial 911, if appropriate.

They say anything the public may know, no matter how small it seems, could help bring Gannon home.

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